LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide, is a purely synthetic chemical that was first synthesized in 1938 in Switzerland. It was discovered during research that was being conducted into ergot derivatives. As a member of a group of drugs called psychedelics, it is known for its tendency to cause significant hallucinations and sensory distortions in those under its influence.

It is a pure white crystalline substance that has no noticeable smell or taste. It is so potent, however, that when it is taken the doses are measured in micrograms, and a visible dose is nearly invisible. When administered, it is often diluted with alcohol and dropped onto perforated sheets of artwork, called blotter paper, onto gelatin sheets, or even sugar cubes and gummy bears. The users then take the drug orally, holding it in the mouth for some time while it absorbs through the mucous membranes.

What is a Tolerance to LSD?

Tolerance is basically the diminishing returns that you receive from using a specific substance regularly. With some substances, the tolerance builds up slowly, while in others it only takes a few uses to begin to notice the effects of the tolerance.

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With many drugs, the diminishing returns in drug effects that are experienced often motivate the user to take increasingly large amounts. This holds true for drugs like cocaine, heroin, crack, and many prescription drugs. Once the body acclimates to the substance, it can mean suffering withdrawal symptoms if the dosage is not increased or at least maintained.

LSD is different in this regard since when the tolerance takes effect the user will no longer be able to experience the effects of the drug no matter the dose. At this point, there is no other recourse but to either stop until the tolerance falls away or to perhaps stop for good with the help of some healthy techniques.

How Long It Can Take to Develop a Tolerance to LSD?

Tolerance to LSD starts to develop immediately after multiple consecutive uses. For example, if a user takes LSD for just three or four days in a row, the LSD no longer produces the same desired effects. In the case of LSD, no larger dose will produce the effects until there has been a break period and no usage. After abstaining for 3 or 4 days, users report a normal level of tolerance returns. At this point, the usual effects are able to be achieved.

Withdrawal Symptoms When Detoxing From a Tolerance to LSD

Since LSD does not create a strong chemical dependency to the degree that many other drugs do. Drugs that do cause severe chemical dependencies, begin to create a large amount of chemical adaptation or adjustment in the brain of the user. LSD is known to not create a physical reliance on the drug in its users, however, there is a noticeable psychological dependence aspect.

With LSD withdrawal typically being unique for each user, the potential symptoms can be difficult to predict, though there are many common symptoms that can be used to anticipate what the experience may entail. When going through LSD withdrawal, the user will likely experience some of the following issues:

  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Discomfort or irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia

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There are also some considerations to be made for the potential long-term effects of LSD use and subsequent withdrawal. In many cases of heavy or extended usage, and even in some cases of moderate to low usage, the substance can cause extremely unpleasant experiences or “trips”. 

These “bad trips” can not only be dangerous and frightening when they occur, but they can leave lasting marks of anxiety or trauma, and even PTSD in some severe instances. These bad trips can then lead to episodes called “flashbacks” which cause the user to potentially relive a traumatic psychedelic experience. Often lasting for just a few minutes, the flashback can render the person unable to communicate or continue with their day until it has subsided.

Knowing how long your withdrawal from LSD and subsequent detox can take can often be quite difficult. Since the withdrawal will be largely psychological and therefore subjective, the timeline of your progress will be your own. It will be influenced by how long you used LSD, the doses that were involved each time, and the presence of any pre-existing mental health issues or conditions.

When you stop taking LSD after developing a tolerance, you may find that you become generally uncomfortable for several days. You may also be more anxious than usual, as well as possibly having trouble getting to sleep. If you have mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia, or anxiety, they may be triggered during this experience. In some cases, you may need professional help for your more persistent symptoms.

How to Get Help if You Have a Tolerance to LSD

Many people find success in traditional methods such as telling friends and family so that not only can you help maintain personal accountability, but you can also begin to identify your ideal support network. Many people do not know the help and support that is available to them until they find the courage to ask. Other tips for sticking to your choice to quit include:

  • Picking a specific day to make it official, preferably one that will be busy enough to distract you
  • Make sure you have alternatives available, such as candy or gum
  • Avoid triggers that have previously made you want to use LSD
  • Speak to your doctor or medical professional for other ideas
  • Understand that this may not be a quick process, but it will occur at your pace.

If you find that you might need additional help, you can always seek the assistance of a medical professional or behavioral treatment facility. They can discuss the options for treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient therapy and will work with you to create a treatment plan that will give you the best chance of a successful withdrawal from LSD.

Inpatient rehab may be particularly beneficial for someone suffering from an addiction as inpatient rehabs remove all outside distractions and temptations to return to the drug . They also employ therapists that  can get to the root of the desire to use drugs in the first place so that the user can ensure they have a higher chance of lifelong sobriety. 

If you are ready to turn your life around for the better, the time is now. Reach out to a premier rehab facility that can get you on the path to a more fulfilling future right now.

Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

Amanda is a prolific content writer, and is in recovery from disordered eating. She has a passion for health, nutrition, meditation, spiritual practices, and being a mother of a beautiful daughter.

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